The book is a guide to America’s indigenous spirit—from the whiskey made by the otherwise known as moonshine, safely and deliciously (if not quite legally). Kings County Distillery Guide to Urban Moonshining has ratings and 33 reviews. Mike said: A good read and particularly valuable for the historical ba. He’s got a new book out, The Kings County Distillery Guide to Urban Moonshining: How to Make and Drink Whiskey, which includes the story.

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Kings County Distillery Guide to Urban Moonshining

The book finishes up with some recipes for – what else – cocktails that have whiskey as an ingredient. While waiting, I saw this book displayed in the gift shop and decided to give it a go.

So you can’t skip around effectively. Those who want to build a still from scratch and start making whiskey in their back shed will need another book, but even so, Guide to Urban Moonshining is the sort of work that belongs on the bookshelves of most who like American whiskey and enjoy a distil,ery read. Jun 14, Matt rated it liked it. The book is impressively well-written and brings a great mixture of history, storytelling, and interesting background and facts.

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The book is approachable even if you know zilch about spirits, and the narration is fun. Diehard whiskey enthusiasts might enjoy comparing their collections against those of Haskell, Spoelman, and Allison Patel of Brenne French Whiskyand I for one look forward to trying the shrimp and grits recipe tucked into the back. As the book calls to attention, whiskey is one of the most challenging, personal spirits to make.

Dec 25, Documentally rated it really liked it. And I think you will enjoy this book. From speakeasies to George Washington’s stills, it’s deeply embedded in American culture. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Pay close attention to the laws in your state – just owning a still in countyy VA is a punishable offense; even if it’s just a water still.


I was inspired to have a go myself and am glad I did. Made me want to try the various whiskeys, though I’m sure I’d think they all tasted the same. Mar 28, David rated it it was amazing. Which I’m cool with, because I like my Vodka dirty anyways.

Feb 04, Eric rated it really liked it. Book Review Craft Whiskey. Refresh and try again. A much needed addition to the home library and an “eye-opener” for shopping for whiskey diversity. Jan 04, William rated it it was ok Shelves: Trivia About Kings County Dist My wife won tickets to see Collective Soul unplugged at a small venue recently.

Open Preview See a Problem? This book is an in depth distiklery for both novice and expert on all things whiskey; both from the history to the process not to mention the invaluable “whiskey tree” that uncovers similar mash recipes of certain bottles.

Moose Face Origin of a Dish: Be warned, Haskell and Spoelman put American coubty on a pedestal, prop Scotch up a little bit lower, and then make every effort to drag Vodka through the mud and dirty it up like some sort of Victorian-era street urchin. Notify me of new posts by email.

I skipped the urba about how to make whiskey because I doubt I’ll be able to take it up in the near future, not having a suitable outdoor area to try it in.

There’s a lot of myth-busting in this book, and you will be thankful for the straight dope. To be honest, I had low expectations–was expecting something more coffee-table like. All of this showing that bourbon culture and the industry is perhaps better at marketing than they are at fire prevention read it, and you’ll know what I’m saying.

Counth Posts The History Dish: Definitely great that a small scale business can grow.

The writing was well done. Lists with This Book.

Book Review: “The Kings County Distillery Guide to Urban Moonshining” | The Whiskey Reviewer

Can not stress again the importance of Spoelman and Guids book to clarify and allow transparency among the plethora of whiskey craft and larger scale. Starts with a general introduction to spirits and their differences, does a survey of various whiskeys and the various companies involved, covers how to distill, provides some ideas of how to build a whiskey bar, then gives some fascinating cocktail and food recipes.


Kings County produces highly awarded, small-batch moonshine, bourbon and other whiskeys at the Brooklyn Navy Yard’s Paymaster Building—where naval officers once picked up their paychecks. It ends with some enticing recipes for various gyide and whiskey drinks, though some are ridiculously complex and I doubt I’ll be making them any time soon as much as I would enjoy trying to make my own absinthe, for example.

Mar 13, Chad Supp rated it really liked it. Illustrated and also containing 55 black and white photographs, it’s ideal for any enthusiast, historian or potential moonshiner.

One walks away from this engaging little work with a good sense of what whiskey is, who makes it, how it is made, and why that is important. A great overview of distilling. I skipped the chapter about how to make whiskey because I doubt I’ll be able to take it up in the near future, not having a suitable outdoor area to try it A good read and particularly valuable for the historical background about whiskey and details of how it’s made.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. It also has some nice tips for building a home bar, and fun cocktail recipes.

This book should spark some good conversations about whiskey. At times the voice seems a tad pretentious, but I guess that comes with the territory of penning a book on craft-distilling and recommending that people might want to brush up on their metallurgy I mean, I really like whiskey, so from the Table of Contents I knew I’d enjoy this. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. I’m trying to get smarter about whiskey.

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